Brian Kansiime Lister
Opening : 7 pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday. April 13th. 

Public Viewing: April 13th to May 11th, 2024 

Address: 2220 Commerce Street #D, Houston, TX 77002

Mitochondria Gallery is honored to announce “Threads of Time” the North American debut solo exhibition by Ugandan visual artist Brian Kansiime-Lister, featuring figurative paintings of women in contemplation. Throughout this body of work, Kansiime-Lister portrays his subjects and their surroundings in detail with arresting compositions as he continues to build upon the use of portraiture to reclaim the depiction of Black women in times past. The visual language employed by Kansiime in this work continues to confront the myth of absence, an exclusion of Blackness in periods of history.

This work is an expansion of his “Timeless Echoes” series, where he bridges digital and traditional methods of visual art. Utilizing a camera, Kansiime-Lister captures the essence of his muses, who serve as the focal point of his compositions. He then meticulously scours the realms of ancient art, sourcing elements such as sculptures and objects that resonate with the themes of heritage and legacy. Through digital alchemy, he carefully weaves these ancient elements into the compositions, blending them harmoniously with the contemporary figures. This intentional fusion of times past and present is a central tenet of “Threads of Time,” representing the enduring impact of history on the contemporary narrative.

The deliberate smoothness of his figures and blurs of his artistry serves a dual purpose: they symbolize the fluidity of time, allowing for a seamless merging of eras, while also creating a tactile depth that draws viewers deeper into the narrative. Utilizing a blend of oil and acrylic on canvas, and at times solely oil paint, he crafts each piece with meticulous detail and reverence for the stories they convey.

“Threads of Time” is not merely a collection of paintings; it is a visual symphony that celebrates the interconnectedness of humanity and the enduring power of art. It is an intentional homage to the resilience and beauty of black women, honoring their ability to transcend temporal constraints and leave an indelible mark on history. Through this intentional process, Brian Kansiime Lister endeavors to create art that resonates with the soul, inviting reflection on the timeless echoes that shape our world.


Resonating Stories. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 59 X 47 in. 2024
Layers of Identity. Oil on Canvas. 47 x 39 in. 2024.
Interwoven Narratives. Oil on canvas. 35 X 35 in. 2024
The Power Within. Oil on canvas. 35 X 35 in. 2024
Glimpses of Eternity. Oil on canvas. 35 X 35 in. 2024
Shades of Resilience. Oil on canvas. 35 X 35 in. 2024
Ancestral Whispers. Oil on canvas. 35 X 35 in. 2024
Heritage of Strength. Oil on canvas. 27.5 X 27.5 in. 2024
Threads of Unity. Oil on canvas. 27.5 X 27.5 in. 2024


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About Brian Kansiime Lister

Brian Kansiime Lister

Brian Kansiime  Lister is a self-taught Ugandan contemporary artist with a passion for exploring various art techniques and mediums. With eleven years of experience in the art field, Kansiime has honed his skills in oil and acrylic paints on canvas ballpoint pen, pencil art, tattoos, and sculptures. His dedication to art is reflected in the high level of professionalism he brings to his work. Through his creative endeavours, Kansiime seeks to captivate audiences with his unique artistic expressions and make a lasting impact in the world of visual art.

2024. Threads of Time. Mitochondria gallery. Houston. TX.
2023. Ogirikan art gallery. Nigeria.

2024. Harlem Fine Art Fair.
2024. In search of Dreams. Mitochondria gallery. Houston. TX.
2023. When the Sun Stands Still. Mitochondria gallery. Houston. TX.
2023. An Odyssey of Identity. Firetti Contemporary. Dubai. UAE.
2023. Nothing Compares. TAAG. New York, NY.
2022. Alexis Gallery. Lagos, Nigeria.
2021. Wonder Gallery. Kampala. Uganda.
2020. Gumbo Gallery. Illinois.
2019. Wonder Gallery. Kampala. Uganda.

2022. Alexis Gallery. Lagos, Nigeria.
2019. Sons of Art Gallery. Kampala. Uganda.

2019. Bachelor’s degree in international Business at Makerere University Business School.

** Editors Note: Threads in Time. Brian Lister Kansiime. Mitochondria Gallery. 2024